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He was present at the action of Inyezane, 22nd January 1879;
formed part of the garrison of Eshowe with Pearson’s Column;
afterwards joined Crealock’s Division and advanced to Port Durnford.
(Mentioned in Despatches.)
Time spent on shore from 20th July 1879 to 20th November 1879.


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Surname: Hamilton, First Names : William des Voeux

Date promoted :
Lieutenant: 22/12/1874
Mate/Sub Lieutenant:: 18/12/1872
Midshipman: 13/06/1868

Date of Navy List - Appointment and date:
June 1870 : 016 - Agincourt 12 Jun 69
June 1879 : 005 - Active 25 Oct 76

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Lieutenant William des Voeux Hamilton commanded Co.” A” of the Naval Brigade at the Battle Inyezane. They were involved in the charge against the Zulu position. He was part of the garrison at Eshowe. Upon Commander Campbell's promotion to commanding officer of combined naval brigade of Active, Shah, Boadicea and Tenedos, Hamilton as placed in command of the Active's contingent. He accompanied the naval brigade to Port Durnford. Hamilton served ashore from 19 Nov 78 to 21 Jul 79. He was Mentioned in Despatches, and received the SAGS Medal with ‘1877-8-9 ‘Clasp, (Confirmed on the Medal Roll.)

In Norbury’s photo of the Officer of HMS Active, January 1879, Hamilton is the second from the right in the front row.

His letters home to his father were published in “Letters from Afghanistan, 1878-80, and from Kaffraria and Zululand, 1877-78-79” from Lieut. W. Des. V. Hamilton, R.N., (of H.M.S. "Active") and his brother (Afghanistan), published by the Dublin Steam Printing Company, 1881.

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Thanks for the posting of his photograph and obituary.

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"Vice Admiral William Des Voeux Hamilton  was promoted to the rank of Lieutenant with seniority of 22 December, 1874.On 26 May, 1878, he was gazetted for service with the Naval Brigade against the Keffirs at the Cape. Hamilton was promoted to the rank of Commander on 7 September, 1883. Hamilton was promoted to the rank of Captain on 30 June, 1889. He assumed command of the first class protected cruiser Grafton in September 1895, remaining with her until May 1896. On 9 May, the German government thanked Hamilton and the officers and men of Grafton for their service in assisting the shipwrecked crew of the steamer Nespel. He was appointed in command of the battleship Ramillies on 10 November, 1896, and assumed command on 9 December. He was also appointed Chief of Staff to the Commander in Chief, Mediterranean, Sir John O. Hopkins. Hamilton was granted 31 days leave to England on 30 January, 1899 for domestic affection. He was reappointed a Naval Aide de Camp, to King Edward VII, on 25 February, 1901. Flag Rank. Hamilton was promoted to the rank of Rear Admiral dated 21 January, 1903, vice Jenkings. An appointment to be Second in Command on the China Station dated 1 May, 1905 was cancelled, as he was ill and unable to travel. Instead, he took a Signal Course in November, 1905, followed by a Gunnery and Torpedo Course and finally completed a War Course on 25 January, 1907. Hamilton was promoted to the rank of Vice Admiral on 13 February, 1907, vice Powell. He died just two days later, of heart failure precipitated by Mediterranean fever."


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